Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

5825 Jefferson Street , Burlington, KY 41005 USA (Show map)

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Experience historic charm and relaxed country living at this award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. Guests may also enjoy in-room massage, wireless Internet, cable TV and DVD player, and a comprehensive movie collection. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily at individual tables.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9


5 on August 01, 2017

We were so pleased with our stay. Very quaint and very clean. We spent some time in the evening talking to Savannah on the back porch. She was very friendly and made the stay even more enjoyable. We will definitely be going back.

Charming and Relaxing B&B

5 on July 24, 2017

This was our first stay in a B&B and it could not have been a better experience. Jennifer the owner is a real pleasure and an amazing chef. The breakfast was the best we have ever had. Her personal touch and attention to detail is outstanding and her staff members are very welcoming and helpful as well. Our room was impeccably clean and comfortable. We will be returning again

4th time is also a charm!

5 on July 19, 2017

Jennifer was great and the homes, and the grounds are VERY well kept. We continue to recommend Willis-Graves B & B to friends!

Still a Great Place to Stay

4.8 on July 17, 2017

Happy to see that the same high standards, cleanliness, great food, and congenial atmosphere has not changed with the transition in ownership from Bob and Nancy Swartzel to Jennifer Goodman. We have been here many times in the past 15 years and it was terrific as always.

A Wonderful Experience!

5 on July 10, 2017

This was our first time at the Willis Graves Bed &a Breakfast and we cannot wait to go back! We are also planning on giving gift cards or nights to family and friends as future birthday/holiday presents. Highly recommend this B&B!

Innkeeper Response
We enjoyed having you! Hope to see you again.

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)

All The Comforts Of Home & Then Some

5 on July 09, 2017

Our hostess, Jennifer made our stay absolutely perfect! We adore our privacy and always seek to find just the right place to permit that. Our place at this B&B was the absolute perfect place to permit that to take place. We had our wonderful "private" getaway where we could have our time to welcome our morning together with coffee on our private porch, a gourmet breakfast in our cabin, and an evening glass of wine watching the trees & bushes light up with fireflies...and all with no intrusions. All the comforts of home, and then some! Thank you Jennifer and staff for your special services provided and making our stay an unforgettable one...We will be seeing you again.


5 on June 26, 2017

We spent a wonderful two nights here. Jennifer was the most gracious hostess and made us feel very welcome. The breakfasts were outstanding! This place receives our highest recommendation.

Anniversary Surprise

5 on June 24, 2017

Truly such a great experience. The suite was amazing. We were greeted by the new owner, she is super sweet. The cream brûlée French toast is to die for. Would definitely return in the future.

Perfect B & B.

5 on June 20, 2017

Very comfortable and warm. Food was delicious and owner very gracious.

Perfect getaway just outside of Cincy

5 on June 20, 2017

It was our first getaway and couldn't say anything but amazingness. The room was clean and romantic - the bathroom was just perfect. For a couple from Cincy who wanted to lounge around in robes and eat fantastic breakfasts (the new owner is a chef!!) --- this is perfect! At night we walked the grounds enjoying the sounds of frogs and nature. There is nothing to do around the B&B and only two sit-down restaurants but for us that was all we wanted for our two-night visit.

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Rooms & Rates

03 Mr. and Mrs. Graves' Suite

Private entrance with living room, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Queen size bed, double whirlpool bath, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Air mattress for extra guests (additional charge).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

01 Catharine's Room

Our coziest room. Features include full size bed, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen cable TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with whirlpool tub/shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

02 Thomas' Room

Our larger room. Features include four-poster queen size canopy bed, lounging chair, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with large showerhead, oversized single whirlpool tub, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

04 Willam Rouse Log Cabin Retreat, Second Floor

Second floor bedroom with queen size canopy bed, desk, couch, TV/DVD/CD player, high speed wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool tub, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

05 William Rouse Log Cabin Suite

Queen size extra long canopy bed, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Private deck, lower level living room with TV/DVD player, refrigerator, and microwave.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Small town


Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Our exit number from I-75/I-71 is #181. If traveling south on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #182 and is called Turfway. If traveling north on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #180 and is called Union. - Exit 181 - Take KY 18 West to center of Burlington. - Turn right on Jefferson Street (Route 338). - Follow to Willis Graves, at the 2nd bend in road on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Our website has a full listing of area attractions for you to enjoy during your next visit to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Movie library, Parking , down comforters, triple sheeting, fresh-baked homemade cookies plated on your pillow each afternoon, complimentary bottled water and sodas available in the dining room mini-frig, both buildings have a covered porch for sitting outside

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Fairgrounds, Fair, Horse Shows, Car Shows, Antique Show (at Fairgrounds), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Please check our website for current policies and cancellation terms.
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Jennifer Goodman

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only

About the innkeepers

Nancy and Bob Swartzel have turned their love of antiques and building restoration into an award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Their attention to detail is evident in each room where they masterfully combine historic antiques, modern conveniences, and luxurious amenities. Nancy’s skills extend to the kitchen where she whips up culinary delights for overnight guests. Her recipes are featured in the Kentucky cookbook, "Room at the Table".

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Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)

  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. Guests may choose from signature entrees such as crème brûlée or orange marmalade French toast, breakfast pie, lemon waffles with blackberries, baked eggs and mushrooms in ham crisps, or our popular gingerbread pancakes.

Signature Dish

French Toast: Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade
We offer two types of breakfast fare to meet guest needs: either a quick continental breakfast for those in a hurry or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables with fine linen tablecloths and china. For those in our dining room, we try to appeal to all the senses with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of soft music playing in the background. Our rotating menus include breakfast dishes that reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Full breakfast is included with each night's stay.


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